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Wed
19
Jan

Kentucky marijuana legalization 2022: Kulkarni pushes to decriminalize cannabis

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The decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in Kentucky will improve the state's criminal justice system, Kentucky Rep. Nima Kulkarni said.

The lawmaker gathered with other proponents of the initiative Monday to push for action on the issue during this year's legislative session, WLKY reported.

Kulkarni, who noted that Kentucky is currently among the 14 states that have neither decriminalized nor approved the adult use of marijuana, introduced House Bills 224 and 225 on Jan. 5.

The former would decriminalize marijuana and expunge certain previous convictions related to the substance, while the latter would allow anyone aged 21 or older to possess, use, buy or sell up to an ounce of cannabis without criminal penalties.

Wed
19
Jan

Kansas and California cops used civil forfeiture to stage armored car heists, stealing money earned by licensed marijuana businesses

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The Institute for Justice argues that the seizures violated state law, federal law, and the U.S. Constitution.

Because the continued federal prohibition of marijuana makes banks and payment processors leery of serving state-licensed cannabis suppliers, many of those businesses rely heavily on cash, which exposes them to a heightened risk of robbery. As a new federal lawsuit shows, that danger is not limited to garden-variety criminals. It includes cops who use federal civil forfeiture laws to steal money earned by state-legal marijuana businesses.

Wed
19
Jan

Illegal marijuana winning out in California 5 years after Proposition 64

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On an isolated farm, greenhouses stand in regimental order, sheltered by a fringe of trees. Inside are hundreds of head-high cannabis plants in precise rows, each rising from a pot nourished by coils of irrigation tubing. Lights powerful enough to turn night into day blaze overhead.

In the five years since California voters approved a broad legal marketplace for marijuana, thousands of greenhouses have sprouted across the state. But these, under their plastic canopies, conceal a secret.

Tue
18
Jan

Democratic Senate candidate smokes marijuana in new ad highlighting disparity and reform

Gary Chambers

Gary Chambers is running for a Senate seat in Louisiana.

Progressive activist and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Chambers Jr. smokes marijuana in a field in New Orleans while talking about marijuana reform in his first campaign ad.

On Jan. 1, smokeable medical marijuana became legal in Louisiana under certain conditions. But the use of cannabis has been a question asked of politicians for decades.

Tue
18
Jan

Bill to combat marijuana-related impaired driving should be rejected

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There is no blood, saliva, or breathalyzer analysis that can ascertain whether a person who has used marijuana is actually impaired.

Tue
18
Jan

NJ legal weed: Home grow is a no-go, but advocates push to change that

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New Jersey is unlikely to allow its marijuana users or medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis plants at home, the new president of the state Senate said this month. 

State Sen. Nick Scutari, D-Union, was the main proponent of New Jersey marijuana legalization in the state Senate and was elected by his colleagues as the body's president this year. But speaking to a virtual webinar of cannabis industry entrepreneurs and experts, he said he "did not see (home grow) happening right now," repeated a common refrain that allowing "home grow" would only contribute to the black market and hold back the legal industry from taking off. 

Mon
17
Jan

DeWine says he opposes legalizing marijuana

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SANDUSKY ‚ÄĒ If Ohio legalizes marijuana this year, it will do so over the objections of Gov. Mike DeWine.

The governor met Tuesday by Zoom with editorial board members and reporters for Ogden News and repeated his previously announced opposition to legalizing marijuana.

Given the problems caused by other substances, such as driving under the influence, ‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs ridiculous to add an additional problem,‚ÄĚ DeWine said.

The governor said he is willing to consider a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly that would loosen the rules for medical marijuana.

Fri
14
Jan

Ohio's cannabis advocates submit 29K more signatures for legalization initiative after recent setback

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Advocates behind an effort to legalize adult-use marijuana submitted additional voter signatures on Thursday to put their proposal before Ohio lawmakers.  The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in another 29,918 signatures after falling short earlier this month, reported The Columbus Dispatch. They say that now they are confident they can get lawmakers to take up the issue.

The group submitted over 200,000 signatures as part of the initiated statute process, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office determined only 119,825 were valid. (Click for Benzinga article)

Fri
14
Jan

Bill filed to tax and regulate cannabis products, including delta-8

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Rep. Chris Hurt says he wants to ‚Äėlegitimize‚Äô the cannabis industry

A Republican lawmaker is seeking to tax and regulate the existing cannabis industry in the state.

Rep. Chris Hurt (R-Halls) filed House Bill 1690 this week. The bill seeks to regulate psychotropic hemp-derived cannabinoids, which include products that have more than 0.1 percent THC. (Current federal regulations limit THC to 0.3 percent.) That includes products containing the newly popular Delta-8 but not pure CBD products, which do not contain THC.

Fri
14
Jan

Planting the seeds: The present state and potential prospects of medical cannabis in Tennessee

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In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Since then, 36 states (and four U.S. territories) have followed suit, keeping pace with rapidly evolving policies and attitudes toward cannabis. In addition to the widespread legalization of medical cannabis, 18 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult use.

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